Preview: Penn State vs. Wisconsin

Fresh off a satisfying road win to open the conference season, Wisconsin returns home for a brief two game home stand, hosting the much improved Penn State Nittany Lions this afternoon.

Penn State (12-2, 1-0 Big Ten) vs. Wisconsin (10-3, 1-0 Big Ten)

Date/Time - Saturday, Jan. 3 at 1:00 p.m. Central

Arena – Kohl Center (17,230)

Television - Big Ten Network (Craig Coshun and Spencer Tollackson)

Radio - Wisconsin Radio Network (Matt Lepay, Mike Lucas)

Series – Wisconsin Leads 21-8

Last Meeting - UW won, 77-41, on March 5, 2008 in Madison

Wisconsin Probable Starters

1 Marcus Landry (Senior Forward, 12.4 ppg)

3 Trevon Hughes (Junior Guard, 12.8 ppg)

12 Jason Bohannon (Junior Guard, 10.8 ppg)

45 Joe Krabbenhoft (Senior Forward, 7.8 ppg)

52 Keaton Nankivil (Sophomore Forward, 4.8 ppg)

Off the Bench

11 Jordan Taylor (Freshman Guard, 0.8 ppg)

24 Tim Jarmusz (Sophomore Forward, 4.0 ppg)

30 Jon Leuer (Sophomore Forward, 9.9 ppg)

33 Robert Wilson (Freshman Forward, 2.5 ppg)

Penn State Probable Starters

2 Jamelle Cornley (Senior Forward, 14.1 ppg)

11 Stanley Pringle (Senior Guard, 14.0 ppg)

12 Talor Battle (Sophomore Guard, 19.6 ppg)

15 David Jackson (Sophomore Forward, 6.0 ppg)

22 Andrew Jones III (Sophomore Forward, 5.7 ppg)

Off the Bench

25 Jeff Brooks (Sophomore Forward, 4.5 ppg)

33 Danny Morrissey (Senior Guard, 6.1 ppg)

Last Time Out

Senior Marcus Landry made up for his poor play against Texas by scoring 16 points and junior Trevon Hughes scored 11 of his 16 points in the second half to lead UW to a 73-61 conference-opening victory against No.23 Michigan Wednesday afternoon.

After being plagued with foul trouble and scoring just eight points in a season-low 22 minutes, Landry started hot for Wisconsin (10-3, 1-0 Big Ten), hitting his first four shots for a quick 10 points that helped him reach double digits for the eighth time this season.

Wisconsin finished shooting 58.7 percent from the floor, its highest percentage since shooting 59.3 percent against SIU-Edwardsville, and Landry was a big part of that, finishing 7-for-10 from the floor.

While Landry cooled off in the second half because of foul trouble, Hughes picked up slack. As soon as the Wolverines (10-3, 0-1 Big Ten) cut UW's 11-point halftime lead down to seven with 17:40 left, Hughes caught fire during a two minute stretch, scoring 10 straight points to push Wisconsin's lead to 15. Michigan didn't get closer to nine the rest of the way.

Series Notes:

Wisconsin leads the all-time series with Penn State by a 21-8 margin, including eight consecutive wins.

The last time UW lost to PSU was a 57-58 decision at Penn State on Feb. 19, 2003

In the most recent meeting, the Badgers beat the Nittany Lions by a score of 77-41 in a Big Ten championship-clinching game on March 5, 2008

Wisconsin won two games vs. PSU last season by an average of 30.5 points

UW owns a 12-2 record at home vs. PSU and has never lost a game to the Lions at the Kohl Center, owning a perfect 8-0 mark

Wisconsin Notes:

With a 73-61 win at Michigan on Wednesday, Wisconsin has now won six consecutive Big Ten openers, the longest active streak in the conference. UW has never lost a Big Ten HOME opener under head coach Bo Ryan. In conference home openers, the Badgers own a nine-game win streak, with the last loss coming in a 74-78 OT defeat to Ohio St. (1/2/99).

With the win at Michigan, UW is now 44-12 (.786) in games following a loss under Ryan. The Badgers have not lost consecutive games since dropping back-to-back road games to Michigan State (2/20/07) and Ohio State (2/25/07).

Wisconsin owns the fourth-best road record in the nation over the last three seasons. UW's 19-6 (.760) mark in true road games is only surpassed by Memphis, North Carolina and Butler.

Wisconsin is 9-0 this season when out-rebounding its opponents. Overall, UW owns a +4.0 rebounds-per-game advantage in 2008, which ranks third in the Big Ten. The Badgers also ranks second in the Big Ten in rebounding defense, allowing opponents a mere 28.2 total boards per game. UW has also outrebounded its foes on the offensive glass by an average of 1.5 per game (125-to-105).

Penn State Notes:

Penn State will take a 12-2 record into the game, its best start since 1995-96, after posting its third straight Big Ten opening win over Northwestern (61-57) on Wednesday. Big Ten leading scorer Talor Battle led the Lions in that game with 26 points and 12 rebounds as he equaled a career high hitting seven threes.

With its 12-2 mark, Penn State has posted its best start since the 1995-96 team opened the season with a perfect 13-0 record and was 13-1 through 14 games. With a 5-0 start to the 2008-09 campaign, Penn State also posted its most wins to open a season since going 6-0 to start the 1999-2000 season. Penn State's previous best start under Coach Ed DeChellis was 3-0 in 2005-06.

A strain of the flu nearly undid Penn State in it's Big Ten opening win over Northwestern. Senior Danny Morrissey did not play after running a 104-degree temperature prior to game time. Lions Jamelle Cornley, David Jackson and Jeff Brooks were also hit hard, all suffering bouts of vomiting and Jackson was unable to play more than six minutes after becoming ill just prior to tip off. Jamelle Cornley gutted out 36 minutes despite having to leave the floor briefly to be sick in the first half.

Penn State is 10-1 on the year when holding opponents below 70 points and unbeaten in the last two years (13-0) when holding them under 60.

Penn State has yet to play a ranked team this year and has played just two true road games.

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